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Talib Kweli’s Gutter Rainbows LP Coming in January

Talib Kweli’s new, digital-only album, Gutter Rainbows is coming at the top of 2011 and has the details.

According to a press release, Kweli’s fourth solo LP and first release since leaving Warner Bros. Records, will include production by Ski Beatz, Krysis, S-1, and M-Phazes, among others. It will drop on the Brooklyn MC’s new imprint, Talibra.

As previously reported, Kweli told us back in September that the title of the disc refers to a line J. D. Saliner’s classic coming of age novel, The Catcher in the Rye.

“I read The Catcher In The Rye when I was in Europe a few months ago and I didn’t really enjoy [it], but one thing that I took from it was that reference,” the Black Star MC shared. “The character actually says ‘gasoline rainbows’ in the book. I was like, ‘Wow.’ I’ve always wanted to call a song ‘Gutter Rainbows’—just because of the rainbows that you see when the oil and the water mix in the gutter—and do a song based on that. I just remember being a little kid and finding beauty in that, and how you have to find beauty in stuff like that when you in the hood. But that reference—him noticing the gasoline rainbows in New York City, and just the character’s love for New York City—are what attracted to me to that phrase. Somebody else got it, so it made me feel like it was more than just a song. Maybe it was an album.”

Talib will be performing some new material from the album during a free concert on Wednesday, November 24 in Los Angeles. Presented by MySpace, the concert will take place at the Roxy at 9.p.m., and will also feature Strong Arm Steady, Tunji and Jason Rose on the bill. Fans will have to bring canned food or a blanket in order to gain entraince into the show.

Gutter Rainbow will be available at digital outlets on January 25 but in the meantime fans can listen to the first track from the disc, “Cold Rainbows” here. —Elan Mancini

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